Letter: Providers and Advocates Strongly Oppose Two-Tiered Reimbursement System for PreK
OPEN LETTER FROM EARLY EDUCATION PROVIDERS AND ADVOCATES
Dear Legislators -
We strongly oppose the proposal to have a two-tiered reimbursement system for Pre-Kindergarten programs based on teacher certification.
Universal Pre-Kindergarten teachers who are working toward their certification should have funding for the support and teacher training they need to provide quality education while they are studying for their certification.
A lower reimbursement rate for some providers would lead to chaos and inequity in the early childhood system by cutting funds from community based organizations that provide care and education for New York’s children.
Please do the right thing for New York families and reject this last minute modification.
Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies
Children’s Aid Society
Children’s Defense Fund – New York
Neighborhood Families Services Coalition
Citizens’ Committee for Children
United Neighborhood Houses
Good Shepherd Services
Center for Children’s Initiatives
Advocates for Children of New York
Day Care Council of New York
SCO Family of Services
Brooklyn Kindergarten Society
Diocese of Brooklyn
Archdiocese of New York
UJA-Federation of New York
Richard Berlin, DREAM Charter School
Rabbi Shmuel Lefkowitz, Agudath Israel of America
Rabbi David Niederman, United Jewish Organizations of Williamsburg
Rabbi Moshe Indig, Central United Talmudic Academy
Jeff Leb, Orthodox Union Advocacy – Teach NYS
Rabbi Heshie Dembitzer, Bobover Yeshiva B’nai Zion
Rabbi Aron Langsam, Yeshiva Machzikei Hadas, Belz